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WHERE: Telluride, Colorado perfectly located close to 4 airports
VIBE: Old Charm, Rustic Nostalgia - Turned Luxury, Embedded in Stunning Nature
GUESTS: Heartfelt Cowboys and Cowgirls: Seeking Serene Connections in the Mountains

From Mining Town to Mountain Oasis: Discover Dunton Hot Springs’ Story


Nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains, Dunton Hot Springs is an exclusive Colorado retreat, blending luxury with rustic charm. This restored ghost town offers hand-hewn log cabins and a saloon serving gourmet cuisine amidst rugged landscapes. Guests can explore challenging trails before indulging in pampering massages and soaking in natural hot springs. Despite its historic ambiance, Dunton seamlessly integrates modern amenities, including high-speed internet and video conferencing.

Founded in 1885 as a mining camp, Dunton faced isolation until the arrival of the Rio Grande Southern railway in 1891. The town flourished with the development of the Emma Mine, peaking at nearly 300 residents by 1905. However, like many mining towns, Dunton declined, becoming deserted by 1918.

In 1994, the current owners embarked on a seven-year restoration project, infusing sustainability into every aspect of the resort.

Wellness Options:

The springs boast a unique blend of calcium bicarbonate, dissolved iron and manganese, and a touch of lithium, promoting circulation and healthy skin. Guests can enjoy five water experiences, from the restored 19th-century Bathhouse to the serene Well House cabin.

Outdoor activities include horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, rock climbing, guided trail rides, rafting, and archaeological day tours.

The spa offers natural treatments in tranquil surroundings, including hot stone massages, body scrubs, facials, and 60-minute meditation and yoga sessions, fostering profound well-being.


At Dunton Hot Springs, dining is an exceptional experience. Talented chefs meticulously craft gourmet meals using locally sourced ingredients, ensuring every dish is both delicious and nutritious.

Guests gather at a long antique table in the center of the saloon, a tradition from the days of the big kettle outlaws that is proudly maintained. For those who prefer privacy, dining alone is also an option. The open kitchen, situated at the heart of the old saloon, allows guests to watch and even assist the chef as they prepare the day’s fare. Breakfasts feature aromatic coffees, teas, and fresh-squeezed juices, while lunch options include beautiful picnics for fishing trips, hikes, or horse riding adventures..


Dunton Hot Springs is located in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, approximately an hour’s drive from Telluride. Guests can reach the resort by flying into Telluride Regional Airport and arranging for a shuttle or private transportation to the property. Alternatively, guests may choose to drive to the resort, enjoying scenic views along the way. Once at Dunton Hot Springs, guests can immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature and enjoy all the resort has to offer.

Contact Property

Dunton Hot Springs Location
8532 Road 38, Rico, CO 81332, USA

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